Posted December 12, 2012

Bloomington South High School girls’ basketball team beat Arlington High School 107-2

Bloomington South High School girls' basketball blew out Arlington High School 107-2 on Tuesday night (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Bloomington South High School girls’ basketball blew out Arlington High School 107-2 on Tuesday night (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Bloomington South High School girls’ basketball team crushed Arlington High School 107-2 on Tuesday night in Indianapolis.

Arlington’s only two points came from free throws in the second and third quarters. There is no mercy rule in place, so the game continued for the full four quarters. All nine players on Bloomington South’s team received playing time.

Chris Kaufman, a spokesman for the Indiana High School Athletic Association, told RTV6, “(The score) is probably not what we would like to see.”

Arlington has lost 23 consecutive games, and is currently 0-6 this season with an average of 17 points per game. However, such a significant loss has sparked some controversy, about both the Bloomington South coaching and the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s no-mercy rule.


27 comments
Hondunola
Hondunola

I don't know the specifics of the game, but it seems to me that the winning coach did everything he could to ease up on the other team. He allowed all of his players play.  He may have even switched up positions, just to make it interesting. If the other team is still that bad, then it's not the winning team's coach's fault anymore.  My son played on a very good select football team.  Whenever his team scored well ahead of the other team, the coach would start to run plays that they barely practiced.  He would have kids that rarely, if ever, ran the ball, run it and give them a chance. He would put some of the smaller kids on defense.  Even after all these changes, our team would usually continue to score and kept the other team from scoring.  How could you possibly still blame the coach for that?  If our kids are still that much better even when placing extra handicaps on them, they should be praised for their accomplishments.  We would also teach our kids to praise the other team afterwards with "Great job" or "Great game" and leave the smack talk down to minimum when the score was that lopsided.  No reason to further rub their face in it if it's such a solid win.  Point is, the coach should not be expected to do nothing less than to teach his players to play their best and compete to win.  On the other hand, the losing coach should be teaching the same values and to lose with dignity if necessary. 

JeffKozinski
JeffKozinski

I'm proud of those girls for not giving up.  Maybe next year they will get 3 points.

snr0417
snr0417

Well I was informed that the girls on this team have never played basketball before as well as this is the Arlington coaches first year coaching. That explains their side a bit mroe

Imtheman
Imtheman

You all need to quit being whimps.  Mercy Rule is for those who need their moms to tell them their winners even when they suck.  Their is no rule that bans a team from forfeiting.  If you want a mercy rule go to a communist state where every one supposedly gets equal treatment.

James80
James80

I'm becoming more and more convinced that basketball is the WORST sport in terms of sportsmanship. It's easy to find examples at all levels of me-first attitudes, coaches and boosters coddling headcase would-be "special snowflakes", and disregard for academics...disregard for pretty much anything but winning at all costs. I'm in my 40s and still play a little because I like basketball for the exercise value, but poor attitude is evident at any gym I've ever set foot in - even in guys playing at age 50+. Seeing this article about girls basketball gone awry is rare, albeit unsurprising to me.

hdogg48
hdogg48

If I was involved on the losing end of a game like this, I would implore everyone on my team and on the bench to start something. What kind of a wimpy coach do they have. Remember that scene in the longest yard (the first one) where they let the guy in and he gets drilled by the QB with a pass between the legs? Running up the score unmercifully is playing dirty. Sometimes you have to respond in unconventional ways to prove a point. Players have a right to stop a humiliation by any means necessary.

Doug1
Doug1

Seriously people?  As long as they weren't going all Globetrotters on them, or shooting nothing but 3-pointers, get over it.

stashu
stashu

For a high school game this is inexcusable.  Everybody involved should be ashamed.  No wonder we have mass murderers.

BigCat
BigCat

For all the peole that say "this is life deal with it" are you implying that is it ok to kick a man when he is down.

Clearly the one team was overmatched,  they got beat I understand that.  There was no mercy rule so the game has to be played, but to score a 107 points.  You do not score that many points by accident, lets be honest. 

Noah1
Noah1

Honestly I dont understand how one team can be that much better. I bet a high school team could play a better game against an NBA team

DarrenZancan
DarrenZancan

It's like they say. It's a game. If they purposely ran up the score, then it was completely wrong, but if you can't stop a team, why should they stop playing?

KurtSteiner
KurtSteiner

We need more details.     If Bloomington put in their third string in the first quarter, there's not much else that can be done.

 

How is there such a discrepancy between the teams?     Why are they playing each other?

Coach_P_nyc
Coach_P_nyc

This is disgusting to hear. Bloominton coach should be suspended or something. As a HS basketball coach myself, I've been on both ends of blowouts. What is the bloomington coach teaching his girls? kick someone while they're down?

KamiBlackhippiechickBrown-Sparks
KamiBlackhippiechickBrown-Sparks

 @James80 I went to Bloomington South, and I have a daughter who is a middle school basketball player. I know when I competed at South, I had to work my butt off. If the coach played every player, then what else could he do? Should the girls who deserve to win be forced to forfeit because the other team sucks? I played a team sport (volleyball) and ran track (Jr. Olympics Nationals); everyone loses a game, or doesn't qualify for a meet, that's how things work in real life. The Arlington coach should have called the game, if she felt like the outcome was humiliating. Isn't that part of being a coach, knowing when it's necessary to make the tough decisions?

Scott34
Scott34

 @hdogg48 Sure, because getting your team suspended for the season will sure teach the other team a lesson.

Trey_Malone
Trey_Malone

 @hdogg48 Maybe that team should just forfeit, and apologize for wasting everyone's time. 

KamiBlackhippiechickBrown-Sparks
KamiBlackhippiechickBrown-Sparks

 @stashu Really??? We have mass murders because a basketball team gets creamed?? Perhaps, the fact that you can justify mass murders because people get beaten in a basketball is the reason that some mass murders occur.

scBlais
scBlais

 @BigCat Sure, so the winning team should have just been passing the ball back to the losing team or throwing up obvious bricks?  Yep that would have really made the other team feel so much better.

KamiBlackhippiechickBrown-Sparks
KamiBlackhippiechickBrown-Sparks

 @KurtSteiner In the past, Arlington was a powerhouse. I'm not sure why there was such a disproportion in the score. I can't imagine South's coach decided to purposely humiliate Arlington. My daughter plays bball at the feeder school for South's rival, and I know that at that level they wouldn't keep their first string players in the game. I can say with certainty that when I competed for South, they wouldn't have kept their first string in the game.

Scott34
Scott34

 @KurtSteiner Bloomington only has 9 players, so they don't even have a second string much less a third string.

 

As for those saying that they should have just dribbled the clock out, get a grip. Clearly you've never played organized competitive basketball before. It would actually be more humiliating for the losing team knowing that you're being shown "mercy". There's no mercy rule in life, by the time these kids are in high school they should already know this, if they don't, it's time to learn it. Quit babying and coddling people!

Trey_Malone
Trey_Malone

 @Coach_P_nyc I agree. The coach needs to apologize.  The coach from Arlington that is.  Apologize for wasting everybody's time and energy spent by her team.

Warrior99
Warrior99

 @Coach_P_nyc Maybe the Bloomington coach was teaching his team to continue to play the game the way that they have been taught, and not quit trying, just because you have a HUGE lead.  The details are not included here, so it is hard to say too much.  I agree with those people on here that say that if you were to stall, run the clock out, whatever, that is even more humiliating.  Maybe if we saw a box score, we could see how many shots the other team took, and didn't make.  With limited info, it is really hard to make a comment like, "the coach should be suspended or something".  Athletics are another way to teach our youth about life, and I think that both teams learned something in this game.

Scott34
Scott34

 @Coach_P_nyc How about the coach of the Arlington team talk to the girls on the team and say something like "Wow, we got our a$$eS handed to us. Guess what, that happens in life sometimes, how we respond to it dictates the kind of people we are"

shodges101
shodges101

@Coach_P_nyc What should they do? Dribble until the shot clock expires on every possession? Isn't that even more humiliating?